Our class spent two weeks acting silly while learning about the holiday of Purim! We read stories, baked hamentashen, made groggers, and wrote a Purim song. The groggers were made out of paper plates and filled with pasta for when we heard Haman's name at the community-wide Megillah reading. As a class, we wrote a song to perform for our friends and families telling the general story of Purim - recognizing Haman as the bad guy, and Queen Esther and her cousin Mordecai as the brave Jews. In honor of Queen Esther and Mordecai's courage, we give gifts to the poor and dress up in costumes.
To all of the parents who joined us for the Megillah reading and Purim carnival - your support is greatly appreciated!
The students were introduced to the famous story of Noah and his ark. God felt as though people of the world were disrespecting him, all except for Noah and his family who always acted obedient. G-d warned Noah of his plans to create a storm that would flood and demolish the world. G-d then told Noah that He would save Noah and his family from the storm, if he builds an ark and gathers (2) of every animal! The students had a difficult time grasping G-d's reasoning for destroying the world, but enjoyed reading books and doing crafts!
Our class designed our own version of Noah's ark, and made a variety of animals out of paper plates! Their wonderful artwork is displayed in the school's foyer - don't forget to check it out!
What qualities are found in a good person? As a class, we read through a book called the 11th Commandment. This book is of drawings by young children depicting what they believe classifies a person as being “good”, what they feel a good person is commanded to do. The students agreed with a majority of the suggested commandments, specifically the golden rule. The golden rule is to “treat others the way you want to be treated.” Our discussion went in depth on who and what deserves an exceptional amount of respect. The nature, elders, and peers were on the top of the list. We also took time to focus on how people may differ from what is viewed as the norm. For instance, just because someone only has one leg or can only see out of one eye does not change who they are on the inside. All of the students had an optimistic attitude!
A class of 4 students did not stop us from being in the Tu B’shevat spirit. To begin the day, the students planted parsley in individual pots. The boys then painted the pots; we set them aside to dry and we went off to the school wide seder! At the seder, fwe tasted various seeds, fruits, and nuts **. The class joined the 2nd and 3rd graders and performed the song “Inch by Inch” led by Sari! The 4th and 5th graders educated us about wasting food and how much effort goes into getting an apple in the fridge! It was a fun an laid back day, so for those of you who were unable to come – we missed you, but no vital information was missed.
After many weeks off, we are finally back in action! I hope everyone enjoyed their winter break and that your 2014 is off to a great start!
For our first class back all together, we continued to learn about God’s creation story as it is told from the Torah. The students drew a picture resembling each day of the 7-day week in which God created the world. The illustrations subsequently turned into a personalized creation story! I hope they fit on your bookshelf!
With the holidays and multiple weeks off, it had been a while since the class studied Hebrew. To refresh their memory of the sounds that each letter makes, we held an in-class scavenger hunt. The students took turns hunting for an object of some sort that began with the same sound has the letter they were given.
The K/1 class joined the 2/3 class and together practiced singing (and gesturing) Inch by Inch to perform at the Tu Bi Shevat Seder the following week!
The students obtain a great deal of energy on Sunday mornings. They love to release it all by playing outside with each other - and sometimes the cool older kids join too!!
The cold weather has arrived, and it will only be getting colder from here as the winter progresses. With that, I’m kindly asking for the children to bring/wear a warm jacket and other winter gear for when we go out to play!
As you have all probably heard by now, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coincided for the first time since 1888! The best part about living through this fun medley of holidays is that it isn't happening again for approximately 77,000 more years!
Celebrating and learning about Hanukkah in class over the past couple of weeks has been impelling!
We discussed how Hanukkah is not only a holiday, but it's the festival of light! We rejoice the liberation of the Temple and Jewish people for 8 days. Hanukkah is celebrated for 8 days to signify how the oil that was only suppose to last 1 day miraculously lasted for 8!
The student created beautiful hand menorahs. They first traced their hands to symbolize the base and candle stick holders of the menorah. Then, the students were able to decorate them with an assortment of art supplies that were generously donated by Danny's mom, Christine - Thank you!!
After they competed against one another for whose dreidel spins the longest, the kids generated an acrostic poem as a class with facts they found significant about Hanukkah!
A Festival of Light
Nun, Gimel, Shin, Hay
Upper Candle is the Shamash
Kids in the U.S.A Love Getting Gifts
K/1 celebrates Hanukkah together
A miracle that made the oil last for 8 days
Hungry for Latkes and Sufganiyot(jelly doughnuts)
Happy Hanukkah to all!
It had been a long few weeks off from Sunday school between columbus day, a teacher conference and I missed a week due to a family commitment. I'm so happy to be reunited with the students, their presence is always up-lifting.
The students have recently learned about Shabbat. For those who don't know, Shabbat is the Jewish Sabbath which occurs on a weekly basis from sundown Friday evening through Saturday at sundown. This holiday is a great opportunity for families to gather together, have a nice meal, conclude their week and prepare for the next. Along with all of that comes three vital items on a Shabbat dinner table: candles, a kiddush cup, and challah! It is customary to recite a prayer over each one prior to the meal.
Candles: בָּרוּך אַתָּה אַדָנָי אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶך הָעוֹלָם אַשֶׁר קִדְשָנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶל שַבָּת
Barukh ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam,
asher kidshanu bemitzvotav vitzivanu
l'hadlik ner shel Shabbat.
Blessed are You, God, Ruler of the unvierse,
who sanctified us with the commandment
of lighting Shabbat candles.
Kiddush: בָּרוּך אַתָּה אַדָנָי אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶך הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הַגָּפֶן
Barukh ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam, borei peri hagafen.
Blessed are You, God, Ruler of the universe,
Who creates the fruit of the vine.
Challah: בָּרוּך אַתָּה אַדָנָי אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶך הָעוֹלָם הָמ וֹציא לֶחם מן הַארץ
Barukh ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam,
hamotzee lehem min ha'aretz.
Blessed are You, God, Ruler of the unvierse,
Who creates bread from the earth.
In class, the students decorated their own challah covers. They all came out beautifully and I love hearing that they are being put to good use!
The following week, the kids had the privilege of braiding and customizing their own mini challah! They were able to enjoy their deliciously made challah for snack that day and loved it!
Meet Matan Graff - our Mishlachat, or Israeli Emissary, here in Rhode Island! Matan recently kicked off his second year as the Mishlachat for our community and travels around the state to represent Israel and educate people on all it has to offer!
Matan recently came to our Sunday school to introduce himself to the students and visit with some classes. Fortunately for us, he came to our classroom! After Matan introduced himself to the school during morning assembly, he showed us short video about Israel. The plot to this video was not a person walking their camel through a desert, but instead it portrayed a realistic feel of the culture and atmosphere in Israel.
When Matan came to our classroom, he immediately connected with the children and they could not stop asking him questions! The students were particularly fascinated when comparing and contrasting life in Israel (the land of the jews) and the life they live here. After some ice breakers and a brief discussion about Israel, Matan taught us a fun Israeli game and the kids loved it!
It is important for the students to find pride in being Jewish and Israel. Meeting with Matan was a preamble to more Israel fun in the future!
Week 4 of our K/1 class consisted of the aleph bet and an introduction of the Torah! The letter of the week was "gimel" and the word of the week was "geshem" which translates to rain! The children were then introduced to the most special book in Judaism - the Torah! We discussed how the Torah is a combination of the stories of our ancestors, as well as rules and laws we must follow under the Jewish faith. We also talked about how important it is for us to treat it right and be gentle. The students got the opportunity to hold our sample Torah from the classroom. They also got to expand their concept of what a Torah looks like by making an edible Torah! The kids LOVED this activity and had a great time making and eating their edible torahs (sorry for all the sugar!)
Hi! I am a 19 year old from Providence, Rhode Island and currently studying Elementary Education and Psychology at the University of Rhode Island.